American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps
. Library of America, $35 (746pp) ISBN 978-1-59853-047-6
In a time when the Fantastic is regaining popularity in American literature, this wide-ranging collection of horror and supernatural stories is a welcomed reeducation into the genre's roots. Some of the selections are already unquestioned classics-Hawthorne's ""Young Goodman Brown,"" Poe's ""Berenice,"" Gilman's ""The Yellow Wall Paper."" Although, any reader may find Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Henry S. Whitehead, David H. Keller, Seabury Quinn, Francis Stevens, H.L. Lovecraft and August Derleth just as worthy. Even those most well-acquainted with the genre will be pleasantly surprised with the tales by lesser-known writers, such as Willa Cather's ""Consequences"" and Gertrude Atherton's ""The Striding Place."" Editor Straub highlights a Feminist strain with female writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Harriet Prescott Spoofed, Kate Chopin, Madeline Yale Wynne, Alice Brown-to name a few, offering an interesting reassessment of a crucial era in fantastic fiction.
Reviewed on: 09/29/2009
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